Level 1 Te Ao Haka

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Whaea D. Robson

Recommended Prior Learning

This is an open entry course, there are no prerequisites.

Te Ao Haka is a culturally responsive art form, providing opportunities for all ākonga to engage in Māori culture,  language, and traditional practice. Te Ao Haka is founded on Mātauranga Māori but is progressive in the development and evolution of the art form. 

Students at Level 1 should be engaging with the foundations of Te Ao Haka, learning about the key performance skills, narratives, and styles of Te Ao Haka, and their development.

Course Overview

What is taught in courses varies from year to year. This course could include:
The ideas central to all levels are:

• Te Ao Haka is born of its context

• Narratives are the catalyst for all composition

• He taonga tuku iho

• Te Ao Haka is uniquely and recognisably Māori

• Te Ao Haka can only be truly understood through performance.


The Arts


Level 2 Te Ao Haka

Intrinsic to Te Ao Haka are culture, language, and identity. Te Ao Haka is a vehicle used to wānanga and communicate culture, Tikanga, knowledge systems, and iwi traditions.